Camera Craniums

General Category => General Photography => Topic started by: deetus on October 22, 2013, 10:13:04 PM

Title: Missed Opportunity
Post by: deetus on October 22, 2013, 10:13:04 PM
A few weeks ago at harvest time I was driving past a field with straw bales and a trailer with one or two bales on the back. I thought to myself that there might be a good photo opportunity there.
The following morning I passed this field a few more times ( I'm a taxi driver and this is on a regular route not far from home ) and I started to imagine how best to photograph the scene, the position of the bales on and around the trailer looking good to me.
By the afternoon I'd decided that if there was a decent sunset that evening I'd be out there for the shot. At about 4 p.m. I checked on the field and everything was in place.
Come the evening and a beautiful sunset with clouds to die for, grabbed camera and tripod, drove up to the field. When I got there I felt like Mother Hubbard - the field was bare apart from stubble. Farmers have no consideration. :knuppel2: I was so disappointed I never thought to take a shot of the sunset.  ::)
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: Oldboy on October 22, 2013, 11:10:32 PM
Very sad!  :'(
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: DigiDiva on October 22, 2013, 11:35:11 PM
I know exactly what you mean...same thing happened to me!
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: spikeyjen on October 22, 2013, 11:36:00 PM
Rule #1 - always take you camera with you
although I never follow Rule #1 as I probably wouldn't get to work on time each day!!
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: Karen on October 23, 2013, 12:02:11 AM
That's a bummer. I always have the camera in the car. My wife says I need surgically removed from it  :D Sounds like it would have been a great shot :'(
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: donoreo on October 23, 2013, 12:02:28 AM
Ack!  I have done similar.  I spent too long planning that tree was no time left for execution and I missed the photo.
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: Malcolm1938 on November 02, 2013, 09:49:35 PM
When you see a picture - Take It..... Then look for a better angle or shot. Too often I have seen a nice picture and wandered around to see if there is a better angle. Then, when I cant find one I return to the original spot which is now occupied by some flash git with a much better camera than mine. He gets my picture and by the time he's finished the light has changed and what I had seen no longer exists. See it, Take it, then look around.
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: Reinardina on November 03, 2013, 08:11:35 AM
When you see a picture - Take It..... Then look for a better angle or shot. Too often I have seen a nice picture and wandered around to see if there is a better angle. Then, when I cant find one I return to the original spot which is now occupied by some flash git with a much better camera than mine. He gets my picture and by the time he's finished the light has changed and what I had seen no longer exists. See it, Take it, then look around.

Very sound advice, but I think we are all in the habit of doing a few steps to the right or left, to see if we can improve the shot. And when those few steps take us too far away, we run the risk of losing the shot altogether.
Must try to remember 'Malcolm's Rule.'
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: Oldboy on November 03, 2013, 09:16:45 AM
I always take the shot first then, if time allows, work the subject. With nature you don't always get a second chance.  :tup:
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: ABERS on November 03, 2013, 09:25:38 AM


Must try to remember 'Malcolm's Rule.'

Based on years of experience. ;)
Title: Re: Missed Opportunity
Post by: SimonW on November 03, 2013, 09:39:55 PM
I always (repeat that) have my compact camera in a padded case in my jacket pocket. Even so I've missed several shots which would have been wonderful, due to the time it took to get the camera out of my pocket, out of the case, and turned on. (But of course I've also got many I'd have mised if I didn't have a camera with me.)